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Top Flowering Trees for Texas: Early Spring Bloomers
Spring is near! March 20th is the official first day and we can’t wait. Spring has a tendency to show up a little early here in Texas, and so trees have already begun blooming. To ensure our own landscapes are some of the first to show color, we plant ornamental trees that are excellent early-spring bloomers. There are a number of small urban ornamental trees that are the perfect size for smaller landscapes, but still make a big impact.
Here are a few of our favorite spring blooming trees:
Mexican Plum (Prunus mexicana) is one of our favorite blooming trees because not only is it a native, is one of the earliest bloomers. The abundant white flowers have an incredibly intense fragrance. If there is a Mexican Plum in your neighborhood, your nose will know it! The bark is dark, rough and peeling, which adds a rustic contrast in the landscape.
Redbuds: Even before the heart-shaped leaves begin to emerge on this Texas native, small deep rose-colored flowers open all along the branches for a very early spring show! Grows 15-20-ft tall with a slightly wider spread. Full sun to part shade. Adapts very well to our soil conditions.
If you’re looking for larger flowers, Saucer Magnolia (Magnolia X soulangeana) offers up deep rose, cup-shaped blooms in early spring, along with a soft fragrance. We southerners will always have a soft spot for magnolias and the saucer variety offers a smaller, more colorful version of the large-growing classic we love. Grows 20-25-ft. Full sun to part shade.